August 2008

Defense is the Name of the Game

  • 6-5 Mets

It was a weird game tonight. Chris Young did really well, allowing 1 hit over 5 and a third innings. He did walk a few guys. The bullpen was not good tonight. Finally, after a long string of quality innings, Mike Adams gave up a big 3-run homer that erased our 2-1 lead. Hampson and Hensley gave up runs. The defense was amazing, for both sides. There were some key catches that, if not made, would have changed the game. There was also a bizarre play in the eighth. Padres were throwing the ball all over the place and it cost a run. On the offense side, we hit three home runs. We had 11 hits to New York’s 6!! Kouz with his 16th homer, and Adrian with his 27th. In the top of the 9th, Hundley and Hairston got on with one out. Jody Gerut comes up and hits a three-run bomb. So, now it’s only 6-5 Mets. But of course, with one out, we wouldn’t score again. So, it’s just another loss. We have 70 losses. I don’t want to depress anyone, but if Arizona wins tonight, we will be 16 games back. Since I’ve gone and depressed you, I have something to be thankful for: cHRIS yOUNG.jpgWe aren’t Seattle. They are 27 games behind. Some comfort, right? Anyway, there’s a new game tomorrow. Cha Sueng Baek vs. Pedro Martinez. I think we need to make a trade. Go Padres!! 


I FINALLY figured out how to post pictures!! This is Kouz at Brecht BMW in June. It was 100+ degrees out there, but very fun. Go Padres!  


No Errors!

  • 4-1 Padres 

 We lost the series last night. But we came out today and won a game. It was definitely important for us to win. The Giants took an early 1-0 lead, but in the bottom of the 2nd, Greg Maddux drove in the first run of his Padre career. In the sixth, Nick Hundley sac-flied Brian Giles in for our second run. Giles drove one home in the seventh, and Kouz hit his 15th homer. Maddog was super solid. He got win 352!! Adams and Heath did their usual routine (as in, getting 3 guys out). In the 9th, Trevor allowed an infield single that was not his fault at all. The ball took a nasty hop on Kouz and the batter barely ran it out. Then the next guy hit a ball that seemed like it could fall, but Jody Gerut made another incredible play. Then Giles made a great catch, Trevor struck out a rookie, and we win. Jody and Brian were amazing today. Jody was 2-for-4, with great defense. Giles was 2-for-3 with a walk, and great defense. I was really pleased with our defense in this series. We had no errors, and the fielders were solid. Luis Rodriguez made a great play at short, so I have some hope that he might be a decent shortstop. Well, he hasn’t done anything bad, has he? I guess I would like a proven shortstop playing for us. Next we play the Mets in Shea Stadium. I don’t think I will ever be able to forget the series in New York last year. Trev blew the save big time in the first game. In the next game, we fought really hard to win it. Kevin Cameron gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but Trevor was able to seal a 7-5 win. In the third game, both Trevor and Billy Wagner blew saves in the 9th. In the top of the tenth, Adrian hit a solo homer. Heath Bell got his first major league save. That game was like 9-8 or something. That series was the most nerve-wracking series of the year for me. But it was amazing. Hopefully this upcoming series won’t be as intense as last year’s, but with the same result: San Diego wins.     

X-tra Innings and the Padres = NOT GOOD

  • 3-2 Giants

Well, we tried. Adrian hit a homer in the bottom of the eighth to tie it a two. On to the tenth, where Trevor comes in to pitch in a tie game. Another equation: Trevor + tie game = Bad night at the ballpark for the Padres. In case I hadn’t made it clear, TREVOR CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT PITCH IN TIE GAMES, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE GETS TWO OUTS!!!!!! I understand Budddy’s thinking. Trevor wouldn’t have saved the game because we are at home. But in tie games, Trevor usually gets two outs, and then things go wrong. I don’t know if he relaxes more, or just isn’t thinking as much, but he gives up runs. Single, double, ballgame. But we fought back. Sort of. With one out, Edgar, Giles and Adrian singled to load the bases for Kouz. But even those singles weren’t going our way. They were hit too hard. I knew we were going to lose. I knew Kouz was going to ground into that double play. But I got excited. I had hope. And what hurts the most is knowing what could have been, what should have been. If Trevor hadn’t pitched the 10th. If there was one more hop on Kouz’s ground ball. Earlier in the game, if Hundley had been able to stop that passed ball. I could go on for hours, but it wouldn’t help anything. What’s done is done. I need to forget that game and focus on Jake tonight. Having Jake out there sure gives me a good feeling. A positive from last night was that we didn’t have any errors. Hopefully that will carry into tonight. Another positive was the crowd. Almost 34,000 were out there to see the San Diego Chicken, er, Padres. No, they were loud in cheering on their pathetic team. I give credit to all who endured that game. So, our CY Young winner tonight vs. Barry Zito, who isn’t supposed to be very good. But of course he will look very good against the Padres. Hopefully we can do something great tonight. Go Padres!